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Thomas Keating, Wayne Teasdale, Book of Luke, Marsha Sinetar, Jean-Pierre de Caussade


Dear Readers,

We seek God, we yearn for Truth, we long for peace and wisdom.
We earnestly turn over every stone of faith, read numerous books
and talk with spiritual mentors, searching for Him. Yet St. Augustine
tells us that in desiring God we have already found Him. Or rather,
He has already found us. We cannot seek the Lord with an iota of
the intensity with which He seeks us. Even if we have squandered
His gifts, like the story of Prodigal Son, we can humbly come to
our senses and turn toward home. Then we will see that He
comes flying down the path to greet and embrace us
and to fill our lives with goodness.

- Lisa

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rembrandt's return of the prodigal son
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This much is certain, that once we make up our minds
to seek God, he is already seeking us much more
eagerly, and he is not going to let anything
happen to prevent his purpose.

Thomas Keating (1923 -   )
Trappist monk and priest


Understanding the true reciprocity of the mystical life
lends us considerable strength. Thomas Keating, speaking
from long experience, emphasizes the fact that God wills
for us to seek him, and that is actually our purpose for
being: to search for a relationship with him and to find
him in the intimacy of union and a communion of love...
Long before we made the decision to seek the Divine,
the Divine was wholeheartedly seeking us...

Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours,"
by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2004


Then (Jesus) said "A man had two sons, and the younger said
to his father, 'Father, give me the share of your estate that should
come to me.' So the father divided the property between them.
After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings
and set off to a distant country where he squandered his inheritance
on a life of dissipation. When he had freely spent everything, a severe
famine struck that country, and he found himself in dire need...

Coming to his senses, he thought...'I shall get up and go to my father
and I shall say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against
you. I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as you would
treat one of your hired workers."' So he got up and went back to his
father. While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight
of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son,
embraced him and kissed him...

Luke 15:11-14, 17-20
New American Bible

matthias gerund "Parable of the Prodigal Son"
Matthias Gerund "Parable of the Prodigal Son"

The very fact that you desire to be enlightened
will give you the power to be enlightened.
That is the fuel. Flame it. Fuel it.

Marsha Sinetar
Psychololgist, educator and author


You are seeking God, dear sister, and he is
everywhere. Everything proclaims him to you,
everything reveals him to you, everything
brings him to you. He is by your side,
over you, around and in you. Here is his
dwelling and yet you still seek him.

From "The Sacrament of the Present Moment,"
by Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)
HarperSanFrancisco, 1996

The Last Word:

Only follow him and you will find him everywhere.

Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)
French Jesuit priest

































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Men cannot see their reflection in running water,
but only in still water.

 Chuang Tzu
Ancient Chinese philosopher


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